My father, who is 78, married Anny, who is 79, in November. It was a tiny wedding on short notice, with only the pastor, one grandson, and a church member in attendance. Since they had originally planned their wedding for February, they decided to have a public affirmation of their marriage at church in the Sunday service, and then celebrate with family. I flew up last week to join the festivities.
I was designated as the event photographer, so these are my photos of the day!
|My brother John, sister Barb, me, and our dad Phil
(before I changed my clothes)
|Barb and her husband David|
|My daughter Naomi’s birthday
was on Sunday!
Anny is of German-Bolivian ancestry (she is a citizen of both countries), and most of her extended family who came on Sunday were born and raised in Bolivia.
|Anny’s daughter Maike, Anny,
son-in-law Erwin, and
|Off to the church!|
The pastor, Rev. Ginny Price, incorporated their affirmation of marriage vows into the service and invited other couples to participate as well. I appreciated her candid sermon on love.
|The happy newlyweds,
reaffirming their vows
|Carla sang “Ave Maria” accompanied
by my brother John
After the service, we had a celebration lunch at Hunan Manor.
|My big brother and I|
|Anny’s granddaughters, Carla and Kathi|
|Maike (Anny’s daughter) is on the right,
and her mother-in-law Edith is on the left.
Anny’s son Karl Ludwig lives in Germany,
and her daughter Birgit lives in Bolivia.
|Maike’s husband Erwin and Kathi’s husband Evan|
|My little Melody|
After lunch, we had a reception at Dad and Anny’s house.
|Edith and Anny have been close
friends for 50 years,
ever since their children
(who are married to each other)
were elementary students in Bolivia.
|Edith is married to Max,
who is from the Netherlands
and has worked all over the world.
(I wish I could have heard his
fascinating stories at lunch.)
|Barb bought the flowers for Anny
and corsage for my dad
|Vintage crystal vase
with tiny bubbles in the water
It was a truly lovely day and I enjoyed getting to know Anny’s family!
You may also wish to see my last photo post on the Clara Barton house.
Grace and peace,